The witching hour was a fun one as 8 games were decided by a touchdown or less. Additionally, the Bills upset the Seahawks to move to 7-2 and the Saints put a beatdown on the Bucs on Sunday Night Football.
The afternoon window was filled with three great games. First we’ll dive into the Raiders and Chargers where the Raiders moved to 5-3 in a wild ending. After a back and forth game that saw 4 lead changes, the Justin Herbert was able to move the Chargers all the way down to the 4 yard line. Herbert spiked the ball with six seconds to get at least one chance to get into the end zone. The 2nd down play went to Mike Williams who could not hold on for the touchdown but the play still finished with 1 second on the clock. The Chargers decided to go back to the well and throw another fade route, this time to Donald Parham Jr. appeared to catch the game winning touchdown to rip the hearts out of the Raiders. After going to replay review, one camera angle was able to show the ball hit the ground to give the Raiders the win.
The 8-0 Steelers didn’t look like they were the only undefeated team left in the NFL in the first half as Garrett Gilbert led the Cowboys to a 13-9 lead. Fans of both teams sat in anticipation to see if Big Ben would come back out in the second half. Roethlisberger went down with a knee injury on the last drive of the half. He came back out and had a great second half, scoring on three of their five drives. The Cowboys tried to get into position to throw the ball in the endzone but couldn’t finish off the upset. This moved the Steelers to their best start in franchise history. That is hard to believe.
The Dolphins continue to prove me wrong as they were able to go into Arizona and get a win in a shootout against Kyler Murray. Tua played a much better game than he did a week ago, going 20/28 for 248 and a touchdown. I think that is good enough to win any game they have left with how that defense is playing. Kyler Murray continues to be one of the most exciting players in the league. He eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the first time this season and got over 270 passing yards for the fifth time.
To end the wrap up, the Bills showed up and took it to the Seahawks on Sunday to move to 7-2. The Seahawks defense did not show once again as the Bills jumped out to an early 17-0 lead. Russell Wilson almost got to the 400 yard mark but it was not enough as the defense is allowing the third most points in the league only beat by the 1-7 Jaguars and 2-7 Cowboys. I wrote in my preview that I thought Jamal Adams and Carlos Dunlap would make a difference which they did, combining for 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss but Josh Allen still was able to torch the secondary for a season best 415 yards and 3 touchdowns.